Friday, 24 September 2021
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


Every fifth construction worker in Croatia is a foreigner, with 2,388 Nepalese coming to Croatia this year alone.

Workers from the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Northern Macedonia have been the most numerous in terms of employment of foreign workers in Croatia for years, mostly in that order, and fifth place was usually reserved for workers from Albania, or sometimes for workers from Ukraine. But this year, in fifth place, according to the number of work permits issued, are workers from Nepal, reports N1.

According to data received by Novi List from the Ministry of the Interior (MUP), 2,388 work and residence permits had been issued to Nepalese citizens by 1 September this year. As a total of 52,679 work permits were issued in the same period, this means that every 22nd foreigner who received a work permit in Croatia is from Nepal.

Around the same time in pre-pandemic 2019, at the end of August, 480 Nepalese people were employed in Croatia. The number of citizens of that Asian country who came to Croatia for work in two years has almost increased fivefold.

The numbers are comparable because by the beginning of September this year, the Ministry of the Interior issued almost the same number of work and residence permits to third-country nationals as in 2019.

To celebrate the end of summer, have ranked the best skinny dipping spots in (nearly) every country. And the best spot for stripping down to your birthday suit and diving in the sea is the Dubrovnik island of Lokrum. From 100 nudist beaches across the world Lokrum came it at number one spot.

If you feel like kissing summer goodbye with a skinny dip – some nude beaches might be better than others for your next naked swimming adventure.

The study compared 100 nude beach spots across the following categories: beach quality, safety, weather, and hotel cost (with seven data points). They then ranked the top 25 nude beaches in the world, with the best location per country.

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“If you’re spending time in Dubrovnik, then Lokrum Island is a great place to go (only a 10-minute ferry ride away). This is a small island that is uninhabited, giving refuge as well as a great place for a skinny dip. Here you can enjoy impeccable scenery, national parks, and clear waters. The island consists mainly of rocks, so be careful with the bits of stone. This island also has a natural salty lake, which can be enjoyed like a jacuzzi to relax,” wrote the article about Lokrum.

See the full list of skinny dippings beaches here


Cars have been perceived both as common means of commuting as well as expensive toys that satisfy your passion and obsession with speed, thrill, and various other factors. Owning a dream car someday is pretty much an important bucket list item in people’s books and when you finally achieve that goal, you realize that there’s much more to owning a car than just buying it. CarIndigotries to explain how running a car can cost you way more than what you would expect if you don’t do it right.


Before you venture out to buy the car of your dreamsor simply purchase one for your daily commutes, it is important to know that the exact financial preparation that needs to be done in order to have a car in your driveway is not just accumulating the money to purchase one. Cars, like any other modes of transport that are present today, are mere machines and like any machine, they need power, care, and support in order to run.

It is an important thing to know about the financial mechanics of running a car before purchasing one because the expenses might be way more than what you calculate sometimes. The average yearly cost of owning a car in the USAis said to be around the $5,300 mark according to some recent surveys. This number fluctuates from state to state and includes the average costs for gas, insurance, car payments, service, road tax, and so on. And surprisingly some surveys reveal that most people underestimate the cost of owning a car by 50%.


This underestimation and ignorance of the actual running costs can not only impact your pocket in the long run, but it will also be a problem for the environment as studies suggest that with the right knowledge of the actual cost of running a car amongst the car owners, there might be about 37% fewer cars on the roads which will further have a healthier impact on the environment.


The costs of running a car can be divided into two categories. The first category is known as ‘Standing Costs’ and the second one is known as the ‘Running Costs’ category. Standing costs include the various expenses that are not generally required for the vehicle to function, rather they are focused more on the documentation and factors that affect the resale value of your car. Insurances, road taxes, interests, and depreciation values all fall under the 'Standing Charges' category. 


Unless your car is an off-road only car with a Statutory Off Road Notification document, you are liable to pay for insurance as it is a legal requirement. Always search around for the best deal in insurance and in this way you can save up some money. Road taxes generally depend upon the age and emission levels of the vehicle and vary from state to state. Interest rates definitely count as a standing cost if you bought your car through financing. 


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Depreciation values are one of the major factors that need to be considered while evaluating the standing costs of your vehicle as cars do tend to depreciate in value over time but you can always reduce the rate of depreciationby being smart and researching. A simple tip would be the fact that new cars tend to depreciate at a higher rate when compared to used cars.


The next category seems to be ‘Running Costs. These are the factors that we usually consider thoroughly before purchasing a vehicle and if you misinterpret some points, there’s a high chance that your car might cost way more than what you expected in the first place. First up are the fuel costs. It is very important to consider your intention behind buying a car and choosing the right car for its intended purpose as gas prices are one of the major costs that influence your running costs.

You definitely don’t need a gas-guzzling supercar for your daily commutes to work at a distant part of the city even if you have the means to afford the car in the first place. Fuel economy, range, and the purpose on which you intend to buy the car should be considered before buying a car to avoid unnecessary gas bills. Next up on the list is the obvious service and repairs. Just like any other machine, cars require timely service and repairsif necessary not only to run them smoothly and fine but also to save your car from burning a hole through your pockets. 


If you ignore any issues or regular services of your car, the most likely thing to happen after you ignore these issues will be a long bill of repairs and service charges from any major failure of a part or due to other reasons. These are unnecessary expenses that you can definitely avoidby being a bit considerate towards your car and following the service book. Other factors that come in running costs include parking charges, tickets, and towing charges which can usually be avoided if you are aware of your car’s health and your driving style and habits.


These are some necessary things that a lot of car portals tell you to consider so that you can buy the right car for the right kind of purpose and money. Factors like these cannot be ignored because the cost of owning a car does not just include the amount spent to purchase one, it also consists of all the standing charges and running costs that make the car healthy and legal to be running on public roads.  


And it is the combined costs that you might need to spend in the long run that you need to calculate and misinterpreting or not taking it seriously will not only be a catastrophe for you financially, but it would also have an impact on the environment if you don’t sensibly think of the fact if you really need a car or not. 


The fact of the matter is that misinterpreting the running costs and being too optimistic about buying a car will eventually add one more car on the public roads and with a large chunk of people following the same path will lead to more cars on the roads than what is actually needed, which will further impact the environment due to the increase in pollution caused by vehicles.



On Friday the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić, received winemakers from the county who won platinum, gold and silver medals for their wines at this year's Decanter in London, the world's largest wine competition.

“First of all, I would like to congratulate our winemakers on their outstanding success at Decanter in London this year. Among the 18 thousand samples that were evaluated from 56 countries, winemakers from our county won two platinum, one gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals, which is a remarkable success. We have excellent wines, we have the best Croatian wines, and this was also confirmed in the international competition. I thank the winemakers for their efforts, and that they managed to get outstanding white and red wines from the quality grapes we have this year and that they can present the county in the best light at such a competition," said Dobroslavić.

The representative of winemakers, Andro Crvik, said that he thought that no branch of production in Croatia had progressed as much in the last 25 years as winemaking.

"First of all, I would like to congratulate our winemakers and colleagues, because the performance at Decanter is a great success. We have been systematically working on raising quality for the last 20 years, it is easy to succeed in the domestic market, but difficult in the foreign market. These awards at Decanter are proof that we are on the right path,” commented Crvik.

Damir Štimac from the Rizman winery said that these awards are very important for producers and this is in a way a confirmation of their good work. "As a winemaker and entrepreneur, I think we have given a new value to the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. I think that our future is definitely on the autochthonous varieties of Dalmatia and Croatia.” added Štimac.


According to today's latest data from the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia, 1,042 new cases of Covid-19 virus have been recorded in the last 24 hours, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 5,691.

Among them, 552 people are in hospital, of which 59 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 8 people passed away from the virus in Croatia in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 381,946 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 8,413 have died, a total of 367,842 people have recovered, of which 678 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 11,647 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 2,638,469 people have been tested, of which 10,353 in the last 24 hours.

As of September 9, 3,321,265 doses of vaccine had been consumed, and 43.24% of the total population and 51.92% of the adult population had been vaccinated. On 9 September, 7,358 doses of vaccine were administered, of which 4,495 persons were vaccinated with the first dose.


The Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, held a press conference today to explain the current Covid-19 situation across the country. Yesterday, Croatia was ranked as red on the new European Centre for Disease Control Covid-19 map as new case number continue to climb on a daily basis. Today, 1,042 new cases of the virus were reported. And the Minister clearly blamed the recent rise of the people who still refuse to get vaccinated. Around 51 percent of the adult population in Croatia has been vaccinated.

“The key to success is in the hands of the unvaccinated, it depends on them whether all our efforts will fall into the water. Over 81 percent of newly infected cases of Covid-19 are unvaccinated. In the Split Hospital, over 93 percent of those hospitalized are unvaccinated. So don’t the numbers say it all? Over 90 percent, in some places 94 percent, are not vaccinated on ventilators. Mathematics is exact, you don't have to trust me, trust mathematics,” said the Minister of Health.

However, the unvaccinated didn’t seem to believe firstly the science so is there any hope that they will listen to the math? The Minister added that “Let's play this game of chance, let's save lives, I have to tell you that as your minister. As we have been announcing for some time, aware of the epidemiological situation, we are preparing two new measures that would introduce the use of the Covid digital certificate or proof of illness or vaccination into the health system. Several decisions are being prepared in the Ministry of Health,” announced Beroš.

When asked at the press conference if Covid certificates could be applied for people entering larger shopping centres the Minister answered “Every day we talk about this issue. In the general context, we are thinking about other departments as well. I think that the department of social welfare is also a sector where this should be introduced. The profession will decide on shopping malls,” he said.

In the last 24 hours, 46 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These are 22 males and 24 females: 24 from Dubrovnik, six from Konavle, four from Župa dubrovačka, three from Korčula, two from Blato, Metković and Ploče and one from Lumbarda, Opuzen and Vela Luka.

Fifteen people made a full recovery: eight from Dubrovnik, two from Konavle and Župa dubrovačka, and one from Opuzen, Ploče and Vela Luka.

In the last 24 hours, 618 samples were processed, and a total of 128,863 samples have been analyzed since the beginning of the pandemic.

29 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Four patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.

There are 687 people in self-isolation, and no case of violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours. 

The Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, commented on the fact that today the whole of Croatia is now classified in the red zone on the latest European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Croatia’s move into the European red zone was certainly not unexpected as new case numbers have been steadily growing over the past weeks and the minister gave his opinion on why this has happened on his Twitter account.

"We are in the red. This is partly the result of non-vaccination and non-compliance with epidemiological measures. The way out is as many vaccinated people as possible, which raises the level of protection for everyone!” wrote Minister Beroš on Twitter this morning.

As of September 8, 43.13 percent of the total population and 51.79 percent of the adult population had been vaccinated. On September 8, 6,240 doses of vaccine were consumed, of which 3,499 persons were vaccinated with the first dose.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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